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St Sava in New York – Restoring Hope History Future

Our Mission

To raise from the ashes this Cathedral so future pilgrims are nourished by this holy place and encounter within it our Lord’s abundant forgiveness, love, and joy.

Architecture

Justly celebrated for its fine proportions, the imposing brownstone structure is an excellent example of a large metropolitan church done in the English Gothic Revival style. Its pleasing edifice, rugged in character, and reinforced with large buttresses give it durability and permanence.

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Fire

The fire of May 1, 2016 began just before 6pm and grew to four-alarms requiring 168 personnel to tame. Initial sentiment by NYFD determined there was so much damage that it would be nearly impossible to determine point of origin. It was the largest NYC Church fires in the past 165 years.

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Aftermath

The aftermath was so catastrophic that many questioned if the remaining structure was stable or if it could even be restored. Private engineers hired by the Cathedral Trustees and the engineers from the New York City Department of Buildings eventually determined that the building was stable.

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Restoration Plans

Preliminary renderings of what the future looks like for the entire campus can be found here. These section will evolve as the Architect and the congregation eventually determine the overall facility use and final design direction.

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Restoration Progress

Major steps in the Cathedral’s restoration will be here on pages where you can find a historical repository of prior work, current undertakings, upcoming work, and final reports on each phase with budget, costs text, photos and video.

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Fundraising

Capital campaigns are targeted fundraising efforts that take place over a defined period of time. Typically, there are two phases: the quiet phase and the public phase. Funds are raised through major gifts and donations from parishioners.

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Press Releases & News

Next Restoration Phase Announced
June 10, 2019

The Building & Restoration Committee St Sava Cathedral announced today that the next step of restoration will be the interior of the Cathedral to prepare it for intermittent occupancy. … Read more

Roof Work Now Underway
May 23, 2019

The Building & Restoration Committee of St Sava Cathedral announced today, that it began the work of the complex process to erect a replacement roof   … Read more

Interior Scaffolding Completed
April 10, 2019

St Sava Cathedral announced today the completion of interior scaffolding and roof-top staging area in preparation for the erection of a replacement roof … Read more

Debris Removal Complete
October 15, 2018

St Sava Cathederal announced that the debris removal process is completed. During this process significant architectural remains were documented and salvaged … Read more

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